“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV, boldface added for emphasis)

Knowing God is not about joining a religion, following a set of rules, or even about being a “good person”.  Knowing Him is about having your own personal relationship with the Creator of the universe, discovering just how much He truly loves you, and embarking on the journey of loving Him in return.

In these uncertain times where financial stability is shaken, justice is threatened, natural disasters loom, and our own personal trials persist – God is there.  He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), to walk with us through the valleys of life (Psalm 23), and to rejoice with us during times of celebration (Romans 12:15).  The fact is, God loves us.

God loves YOU.

The Bible says that He loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you (John 3:16), and stand in the gap for all of our sins (1 John 2:1-2).  It also says that no matter what our past has been like, or what bad decisions we have made, we are forgiven (Acts 10:43; 2 Corinthians 5:15-17).  We can have a fresh start on life and a hope for the future (Ephesians 4:17-32)!

Jesus is our connection to God and to His grace (John 14:6).  It is through a personal relationship with Him that we are saved.  Not by our works (Ephesians 2:8-9), not by anything we have done (or not done) – it’s all about having a real relationship with Him.  A relationship is what He wants from us, and the Bible says that when we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8).

Our prayer for you is similar to Ephesians 3:16-20.  May you know Him.  May you know His love – and may you be overwhelmed as you watch Him do things with your life that will far exceed anything you could ask, hope, or dream!

If you have never had a relationship with Jesus, or perhaps you once did, but you’re now away from Him, right now we want to encourage you to pray this prayer:

“Dear Jesus,

Right now, I want to make the decision to stop living my life my own way, and begin living it Your way. I ask that You would forgive me for all my sins, give me a brand-new start today and a hope for the future. I want to be a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, for the rest of my life. Amen.”

If you have just prayed this prayer for the first time, or have rededicated your life to Christ, congratulations! We’d love to hear from you.  Please take a moment to email us, so we can send you some resources to help you take steps on this new journey of knowing Him.

We encourage you to start reading the Gospel of John. If you don’t own a Bible, we will send you one.  You can also use www.biblegateway.com